Women's Healthcare Of Garden City
John Gomes, M.D.
Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Garden City, NY
If you experience abnormal menstrual periods, excess facial or body hair, or infertility, it could be due to polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). If you suspect you have PCOS and want symptom relief, contact Women's Healthcare of Garden City in Garden City, New York. Obstetrics and gynecology physician John Gomes, MD, diagnoses and treats PCOS to give you the quality of life you deserve. Call the office at 516-222-8883 to schedule an appointment today.
PCOS Q & A
What is PCOS?
PCOS, also known as polycystic ovary syndrome, is a hormone disorder that commonly occurs in women of childbearing age. It can cause increases in the male hormone androgen, which may lead to unpleasant symptoms and complications. Treatment at Women's Healthcare of Garden City can improve your fertility and overall quality of life.
What are the symptoms of PCOS?
Common symptoms you might experience with PCOS include:
- Infrequent menstrual periods
- Prolonged menstrual periods
- Excess facial hair
- Excessive body hair
- Severe acne
- Male-pattern baldness
Your symptoms might be mild, moderate, or severe. They are generally more severe if you carry excess body weight.
In addition to infertility, other complications linked to PCOS include pregnancy complications, liver inflammation, prediabetes, Type 2 diabetes, depression, endometrial cancer, and sleep apnea. See Dr. Gomes at the first sign of PCOS.
What are the risk factors for PCOS?
Common causes and risk factors associated with PCOS include:
- Low-grade inflammation
- Excess insulin production
- Too much androgen
- Family history of PCOS
- Excess body weight
Adopting healthy lifestyle habits can reduce your risk of developing PCOS or severe symptoms, but you can’t necessarily prevent PCOS if you’re prone to getting it.
How does my provider diagnose PCOS?
To find out if you have PCOS and develop a treatment plan, Dr. Gomes weighs you, assesses your body mass index (BMI), and checks your vital signs. He discusses symptoms you may have and your medical history.
He also completes a physical exam, including a pelvic exam to inspect your reproductive organs. Blood tests and ultrasounds allow Dr. Gomes to diagnose PCOS or its complications.
What are common PCOS treatments?
Dr. Gomes personalizes each PCOS treatment to match your needs and give you the best outcome. He may recommend:
If you’re overweight, eating nutritious foods, limiting carbohydrate intake, and getting regular exercise can reduce the severity of PCOS symptoms.
Taking birth control pills or other medications can stabilize hormone levels and reduce acne or other undesirable PCOS symptoms.
To learn more about PCOS or get treated for it, call the Women's Healthcare of Garden City office at 516-222-8883.
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